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Mixed data in the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has considered the correct approach to dealing with mixed personal data. Rupert Paines analyses its ruling.

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Aug 06, 2018

High Court judge quashes decision by council to cut SEND budget by £5m

A High Court judge has quashed Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce spending on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £5m.
Aug 02, 2018

Judge allows challenge over screening but refuses to quash permission for school

A High Court judge has declined to grant relief against the grant of conditional planning permission by Hertfordshire County Council to itself for the construction of a new secondary school, despite allowing a ground of challenge that a screening…
Jul 26, 2018

County council granted fresh injunction over 11+ exam information

Warwickshire County Council has been granted an injunction restraining a man who runs websites dealing with the 11 Plus examination from breaching the confidentiality of papers.
Jul 25, 2018

MPs call for ‘Bill of Rights’ for pupils and parents over exclusions

MPs have called for a series of measures which can act as a 'Bill of Rights' for pupils and their parents to help combat the existing lack of information and rights around exclusions.
Jul 23, 2018

Judge to hear challenge this week to £5m cuts by city council to SEND budget

A rolled-up hearing will be held tomorrow (24 July) at Bristol Civil Justice Centre over Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) spending by £5m in the local area, it has been reported.
Jul 23, 2018

Government faces threat of legal action over introduction of T-Levels

The Federation of Awarding Bodies has sent a letter before action to the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships warning of a potential judicial review challenge to the government’s T-Level programme.
Jul 18, 2018

Council “had lawful basis” for accommodating children under s.20 CA: Supreme Court

A London borough had a lawful basis for continuing to accommodate children under s.20 of the Children Act 1989, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.
Jul 18, 2018

Abuse inquiry hit with £200k fine by ICO after bulk email error

The Information Commissioner’s Office has served a £200,000 monetary penalty notice on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) after it sent a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse.
Jul 17, 2018

Law firm pledges £12.5k for FDAC National Unit, urges others to follow suit

A leading family law firm, Hall Brown, has pledged £12,500 in each of the next year three years to the running costs of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit.
Jul 12, 2018

Government changes tack on unaccompanied migrant children and legal aid

The Government has announced that it will amend the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to bring non-asylum immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated children into scope of legal aid.

Features and analysis

Judges meeting with children

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A senior judge has given an update on the issues created by judges meeting children and the correct approach to be taken. Michelle Brown reports.

Tribunals and interim relief

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What does a claimant have to prove to obtain an order for interim relief from the employment tribunal? Eleanor Boyd reports.

Criminal law and family proceedings

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What place does criminal law have in family proceedings? Mark Cooper reports on a Court of Appeal ruling.

Rising social worker caseloads

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With a more than 10% increase in social worker caseloads, is there an increase in risk? Sarah-Erwin Jones looks at the potential problems.

Dealing with student sit-ins

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With the current climate of strikes and further cuts to public services, the number of student sit-ins is again on the rise. Michelle Bendall considers the options for handling them.

Legal decisions and social work

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The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, retires this month. Naomi De Silva looks at how his rulings have affected social work.

Older articles

Jul 26, 2018

County council granted fresh injunction over 11+ exam information

Warwickshire County Council has been granted an injunction restraining a man who runs websites dealing with the 11 Plus examination from breaching the confidentiality of papers.
Jul 26, 2018

County council granted fresh injunction over 11+ exam information

Warwickshire County Council has been granted an injunction restraining a man who runs websites dealing with the 11 Plus examination from breaching the confidentiality of papers.
Jul 25, 2018

MPs call for ‘Bill of Rights’ for pupils and parents over exclusions

MPs have called for a series of measures which can act as a 'Bill of Rights' for pupils and their parents to help combat the existing lack of information and rights around exclusions.
Jul 23, 2018

Judge to hear challenge this week to £5m cuts by city council to SEND budget

A rolled-up hearing will be held tomorrow (24 July) at Bristol Civil Justice Centre over Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) spending by £5m in the local area, it has been reported.
Jul 23, 2018

Judge to hear challenge this week to £5m cuts by city council to SEND budget

A rolled-up hearing will be held tomorrow (24 July) at Bristol Civil Justice Centre over Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) spending by £5m in the local area, it has been reported.
Jul 23, 2018

Government faces threat of legal action over introduction of T-Levels

The Federation of Awarding Bodies has sent a letter before action to the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships warning of a potential judicial review challenge to the government’s T-Level programme.
Jul 23, 2018

Government faces threat of legal action over introduction of T-Levels

The Federation of Awarding Bodies has sent a letter before action to the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships warning of a potential judicial review challenge to the government’s T-Level programme.
Jul 20, 2018

Bringing it home?

John Pugh-Smith and Katie Scott consider conflict management and resolution, and analyse alternatives to litigation for local government.
Jul 20, 2018

Criminal law and family proceedings

What place does criminal law have in family proceedings? Mark Cooper reports on a Court of Appeal ruling.
Jul 20, 2018

Evaluation of social value

The UK government has announced changes to extend the scope of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, to rebuild trust after Carillion's collapse. Patrick Parkin considers the implications.
Jul 18, 2018

Council “had lawful basis” for accommodating children under s.20 CA: Supreme Court

A London borough had a lawful basis for continuing to accommodate children under s.20 of the Children Act 1989, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.
Jul 18, 2018

Abuse inquiry hit with £200k fine by ICO after bulk email error

The Information Commissioner’s Office has served a £200,000 monetary penalty notice on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) after it sent a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse.
Jul 18, 2018

Abuse inquiry hit with £200k fine by ICO after bulk email error

The Information Commissioner’s Office has served a £200,000 monetary penalty notice on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) after it sent a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse.
Jul 17, 2018

Law firm pledges £12.5k for FDAC National Unit, urges others to follow suit

A leading family law firm, Hall Brown, has pledged £12,500 in each of the next year three years to the running costs of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit.
Jul 13, 2018

Accountable care organisations

The Administrative Court recently considered a challenge to the creation of a new model for the provision of health and social care in England. Jonathan Auburn analyses the outcome.
Jul 13, 2018

Tribunals and interim relief

What does a claimant have to prove to obtain an order for interim relief from the employment tribunal? Eleanor Boyd reports.
Jul 13, 2018

The NIA and compulsory purchase

Richard Guyatt examines proposals in the National Infrastructure Assessment for making the process of compulsory purchase simpler and fairer.
Jul 13, 2018

Rising social worker caseloads

With a more than 10% increase in social worker caseloads, is there an increase in risk? Sarah-Erwin Jones looks at the potential problems.
Jul 13, 2018

Clarity in procurement processes

The High Court has examined whether it should order a contracting authority to amend its decision and award a contract to the claimant. Melanie Peers and Tim Care consider its approach.
Jul 12, 2018

Government changes tack on unaccompanied migrant children and legal aid

The Government has announced that it will amend the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to bring non-asylum immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated children into scope of legal aid.

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